Whether formal or informal, dining rooms are a great place to gather with friends and family and entertain. Having a well lit dining room can add to the welcoming ambiance of your space, making guests feel more comfortable. When it comes to dining room lighting ideas, we’re strong believers in layering light. Utilizing many forms of light in your room such as chandeliers, pendants, wall sconces, and lamps, can provide you with a balanced and perfectly illuminated dining room ready just in time for your next dinner party or soiree.
Chandeliers & Pendants
In addition to entryways and foyers, dining rooms are our favorite rooms in the home to incorporate chandeliers and pendants. Regal and sophisticated, chandeliers instantly add a touch of glamour to your dining room, leaving a lasting impression on family, friends, and guests. Standard chandeliers will look proportional with most dining room tables, but if your table seats eight of more consider hanging two standard sized chandeliers evenly spaced above the table. When hanging a fixture over your dining room table, keep in mind that the bottom of the chandelier or pendant should be at least 34” above the top of the table.
Pro Tip: If you aren’t hanging your fixture over your dining room table but instead are hanging it in the center of your space, we have an easy way to find the diameter of your fixture. To find the correct size measure the length and width of the dining space and add those figures together. The sum of those numbers in inches will be the correct diameter for your fixture. For example, if your dining room is 12′ by 16′ then you will need to look for a chandelier or light fixture that’s around 28” in diameter.
If you have a sideboard or buffet in your dining room, lamps are essential to your space. Lamps provide your dining room with another layer of light, adding to the ambiance and allowing you to create mood lighting later in the night. Tables lamps come in many different sizes and shapes. Interesting shapes like a tall and skinny lamp or a double gourd shaped lamp can be just the perfect accent pieces your buffet needs. We recommend flanking a lamp on each end of your sideboard to create symmetry in your room.
Pro Tip: Lamp shades can be a great place to add a splash of color or print into your dining room. For an expertly designed look, choose a colored lamp that looks cohesive with your dining room wall art or center pieces. If your room has a lot of warm wood pieces, break up the space with a contrasting black lamp shade as seen in the dining room above.
Wall sconces are another great way to layer light in your dining room. Perfect for adding ambient light to your space, wall sconces are ideal for smaller dining rooms because they don’t take up much space. Whether you use them alone to light a painting or in pairs flanking a buffet, wall sconces can be very versatile. Depending on how you mount your wall sconces, they can provide ambient, task, or accent lighting.
Pro Tip: Wall sconces comes in a wide selection of finishes and there are an even wider selection of shades to choose from. An easy dining room lighting idea and the best way to make your room look cohesive and well designed is to match the finish of your sconces with existing hardware in your dining room such as cabinet knobs or door handles.